‘Opting out’ of standardized testing

Standardized testing is for many students and teachers alike, the most anxiety-ridden part of education.

Harry Briggs Jr., member of an unheralded civil rights family

Once more with the recent death of Harry Briggs Jr., we are reminded of the Civil Rights Movement and many who, at best, are footnotes in history.

Flushing with fun: Oldest public high school hosts Friday’s Flushing Night Out

Attention all summer fun-seeking readers! The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with Flushing High School, a school celebrating its 140th anniversary, to bring the second, “Flushing Night Out” event to the local community.

Langston Hughes and Nicolas Guillen

Saturday, Aug. 13, Fidel Castro, the great Cuban revolutionary and former president of the island nation, celebrated his 90th birthday.

Florence Griffith Joyner, ‘Flo Jo,’ track immortal and fashionista

Watching the Black women in preparation for the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the Olympics in Rio this week, some decked out in tights, hair extended in weaves or wigs, faces aglow in colorful makeup, it was easy to remember ...

Marcus Garvey’s message today

Grassroots activists around the globe will commemorate the 129th anniversary of the birthday of Black nationalist icon Marcus Mosiah Garvey this Wednesday, Aug. 17, with a number of cultural events worldwide.

SUNY Student Assembly supports efforts to combat teacher shortage

This week the SUNY Student Assembly endorsed TeachNY initiatives as a means to combat statewide teacher shortages.

Touro gets $2.5 million tuition grant for disadvantaged students

The Touro College Graduate School of Social Work today announced the receipt of a $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services to fund scholarships for disadvantaged graduate ...

The PROSE program— A plan for excellence

A few years ago, teachers union leaders developed the idea of the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence, a program for testing and implementing new styles of teaching and administration in New York City schools.

Schomburg Center hosts 50th anniversary of Harlem’s original Black Panthers

Friday evening, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd., hosted the 50th anniversary of the original Black Panther Party, which was established by local activists here in Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park during June ...

Kinds and colors of loss and grief: Problems of unity without justice

As the country passes through this period of dangerous and difficult times, times of declared shared loss and shared grief, it is important that we not find ourselves joining conversations and embracing policies that diminish or dismiss our own loss ...

Alexander Twilight, the first African-American college graduate in US

In this fervid election season with such unpredictability, the American public is getting a massive dose of politics, some of the civic lessons they never learned or have forgotten.

Sankofa Global Tinker Workshop labs to help minority youth in STEM this fall

Nurturing future scientists is a daily mission for Tracy Gray, the CEO and founder of Sankofa Global STEM Tinker Workshops.

Genius of genealogy from Louisa Parris to Chirlane McCray

During a recent event at Gracie Mansion, First Lady Chirlane McCray was among the speakers, and she recounted a story about her great-grandmother, Louisa Parris. She was from Barbados, and my profile last week of C.L.R. James, a native of ...

W.E.B DuBois Scholars Institute introduces bright minds to bright minds

The W.E.B DuBois Scholars Institute, founded by Dr. Sherle Boone in the 1980s, was created with the intention of providing minority students with the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds of our time.